World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article

Wendy Wild

Article Id: WHEBN0007187460
Reproduction Date:

Title: Wendy Wild  
Author: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Language: English
Subject: Wigstock, Club 57, Certain General, Pyramid Club, Huntington, New York
Publisher: World Heritage Encyclopedia

Wendy Wild

Wendy Wild, born Wendy Andreiev (August 31, 1956 – October 26, 1996) was an American singer, musician, and artist who in the 1980s was a well-known presence in New York's downtown music and performance scenes.


  • Career 1
  • Selected recordings 2
  • External links 3
  • Footnotes 4


Growing up in Northport, New York, Wild moved to Manhattan in the late 1970s, accompanied by John McLoughlin, who would later become known as the performer John Sex.[1] Throughout the 1980s she performed regularly in Lower Manhattan night clubs and art spaces, including the Lucky Strike, Privates, and Club 57.[2] She would go on to become a fixture at the legendary Pyramid Club, where she could often be seen go-go dancing on the bar.[3]

Along with her work as a nightclub performer, Wild performed in several well-known New York-based bands, including the Roll-Ons, Pulsallama, the Wild Hyaenas (with then-boyfriend Keith Streng of The Fleshtones), polka-rockers Das Furlines, and most famously, the neo-psychedelic Mad Violets. In addition to playing locally in many of Manhattan's celebrated rock venues (The Dive, Irving Plaza, CBGB, Danceteria, Andy Warhol's Underground, and others), she and her bands toured extensively, including US performance dates at Boston's The Rat, Miami's Club Nu, and the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C. Overseas appearances included London (The Venue), Leeds and Manchester (The Haçienda), England with Pulsallama in 1982, and Tokyo in 1988 with John Sex.[1]

During her career, Wild appeared on several recordings. Along with releases for Mad Violets (World of LSD... and the posthumously released Season of the Mad Violets), she sang on records for Bronski Beat, The Fleshtones, Peter Zaremba's Love Delegation, Hoodoo Gurus, and John Sex.[1][2][4] She also appeared in two music videos with Mr. Sex, Hustle with My Muscle and Rock Your Body,[5] as well as the 1988 documentary Mondo New York.

Wild performed in the stage musicals The Sound of Muzak at Club 57 in 1981 (revived at NYC's Limelight in 1986), and Peter Pan at Danceteria in 1983.[6] She also staged one-woman shows for her booze-addled sex-kitten character "Joey Heatherock," and was one of the group of East Village performers who created the first annual Wigstock festival. She performed at Wigstock many times, and appeared in Wigstock, The Movie, released in 1994.[7]

Many of Wild's performances at the Pyramid and other New York City venues have been recorded by the late video artist Nelson Sullivan and have been included in exhibitions of his work.[5]

Wendy Wild died on October 26, 1996, after a long battle with breast cancer.

Selected recordings

(Wild also sang the title theme to the 1989 film, No Such Thing as Gravity)

External links

  • WendyWildWorld
  • Wendy Wild at MySpace
  • Mad Violets at Tripwave
  • Nelson Sullivan Video Logs
  • Facebook Tribute Page


  1. ^ a b c Wendy Wild World, autobiographical blog
  2. ^ a b True Story of the Mad Violets
  3. ^ Filmmaker Robert Carrithers on Wendy Wild
  4. ^ Fleshtones Hall of Fame
  5. ^ a b Funtone's Nelson Sullivan Channel, videos featuring Wendy Wild and John Sex
  6. ^ Club 57, Where Are You?
  7. ^ IMDB entry
This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.

Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from Project Gutenberg are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.